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When we released our Skin and Coat Supplement Chews, we had no idea they’d become best sellers—they’ve even sold out a few times! Since the chews received such stellar reviews, we decided to offer a similar product in a different format that may work better for some dogs: a liquid food topper. With just a few pumps daily, this nutrient-packed oil can help solve your pup’s skin issues, including:
- Dry skin
- Hot spots
- Shedding or thinning coat
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
If your pup deals with any of the above, it’s a great time to try a skin and coat supplement! The question is, would a daily chew or oil work better for your dog?
Chewy Treat vs. Food Topper
Natural Dog Company’s Skin and Coat supplements are small, salmon- and pea-flavored chews, which most dogs see as treats. Skin and Coat Oil, on the other hand, is a blend of liquid ingredients dispensed onto your dog’s food from a pump bottle. Both supplements are highly effective for treating your dog’s dry or troubled skin. However, in some cases, the oil may work better for your lifestyle or preferences.
Your Dog is a Picky Eater
Some dogs will eat whatever you put in front of them, while some picky pups will turn their nose up even at a candlelit four-course filet mignon dinner. If your dog has a refined palate, there’s a slim chance they won’t be into the supplement chews. However, they probably won’t notice a small squirt of Skin and Coat Oil on top of their usual meal. They may even be more excited to eat, thanks to the slightly fishy taste of the salmon oil in this formula.
You and Your Pup Have a Busy Lifestyle
While the supplement chews are given to your dog separately from meals, the oil is a food topper easily incorporated into your existing feeding schedule. As humans, remembering to take our daily vitamins can be a struggle, so keeping up with your dog’s vitamins can be an added stress. Giving the topper during meals is one less item to worry about on that To-Do list.
Your Dog Has a Pea Allergy
One of the ingredients in our Skin and Coat Supplement chew is pea flour, used to maintain the chew’s consistency. While peas contain lots of healthy protein and fiber, some dogs are sensitive to this vegetable. If your dog is allergic to pea flour, then you’ll want to try the oil, as its more minimal formula is free of this ingredient.
Every Dog is Different
While the chew and the oil generally have similar effects on canine skin conditions, they have slightly different formulas. Every dog is an individual, so some may see better results from various combinations of ingredients. Whichever formula works better for your dog, rest assured that all of our supplements are safe for all dogs, regardless of age, size, or breed.
Superior Ingredients, Superior Results
We kept our Skin and Coat Oil formula simple, with less than ten high-quality ingredients. Every element is all-natural, sustainable, and non-GMO, and each serves a purpose in this supplement:
Salmon Oil is loaded with three primary Omega-3 fatty acids, including:
Alpha Linoleic Acid (APA)
This type of Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that your dog must acquire through their food because their body does not make it naturally. APA reduces skin inflammation and prevents diseases that stunt fur growth. If your dog does not get enough APA in their diet, their skin may show irritation.
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
Another essential fatty acid prevalent in fish oils, EPA produces molecules known as eicosanoids that reduce inflammation. Skin inflammation causes most itching, but EPA can act as an itch-reducing ingredient.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DPA)
This fatty acid is one of the main structural components of your dog’s skin, and a significant shortage can lead to various skin issues.
Studies show that flaxseed consumption can help decrease atopic dermatitis and inflammatory skin issues. Flaxseed oil is a plant-based powerhouse of nutrients that contribute to healthier fur, including high amounts of protein. Some of the flaxseed’s strongest skin supporters include B vitamins and vitamin E.
Flaxseed oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids and contains a wealth of B vitamins, essential for helping hair grow stronger and faster.
Vitamin E reduces free radicals: molecules that cause oxidation in your dog’s skin and coat, leading to inflammation. The fewer free radicals there are, the stronger your dog’s hair follicles will be, leading to a thick and plush coat.
Biotin is a vitamin that absorbs excess fatty acid to help create healthy fur and nails. It turns the food your dog eats into energy, producing keratin—the necessary building block for coat, skin, and nails. If your dog does not have enough biotin in its diet, this can lead to hair loss, thinning hair, and even brittle nails.
Did you know that a dry coat looks dull because light cannot bounce off dry, rough hair follicles very well? Chia seed oil penetrates the hair shaft to soften and smooth fur, restoring your dog’s bright and shiny coat. It also restores the skin’s moisture barrier, boosting hydration to keep the skin healthy.
How Much Should Your Dog Take?
Skin and Coat Oil is one of the easiest ways to improve your dog’s coat health—all you have to do is add a few pumps to your pup’s food bowl. The dosage depends on your dog’s weight:
- 0-25 lbs. – 1 pump
- 26-75 lbs. – 2 pumps
- 75+ lbs. – 3 pumps
With about 200 pumps per bottle, you can expect the following consumption timeline based on your dog’s size:
- 0-25 lbs. – 200 days (6-7 months)
- 26-75 lbs. – 100 days (4-5 months)
- 75+ lbs. – 66 days (2 months)
Is This a Cure-All?
If your dog is dealing with chronic skin issues or showing severe redness or scabbing, make an appointment with your trusted vet. Supplements cannot treat skin infections, but they can help with coat regrowth after a round of antibiotics!
For minor irritations, dry skin, or general itching, reach for this nutrient-dense food topper and help your pup rejuvenate. Don’t believe us? Here’s what real customers are saying about Skin and Coat Oil:
We gave our dog similar skin & coat chews from another company but were really interested in the liquid application of this product. It was much simpler to use directly on his food every morning rather than forget to give him the treats throughout the day. So far, it has the same effectiveness for his itching and skin. — Bill H.
Gave our pup a noticeably lusher coat and less biting & scratching themselves after a week. We used to give our puppy the supplement chew version of this product, but we prefer the simplicity of just squirting a pump or two over her food each day! — Emmy A.